Dr Rachel James

Rachel is the clinical lead for the national i-THRIVE programme, and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of THRIVE. Rachel led on the i-THRIVE Academy, funded by Health Education England.

Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families across the health, social care, education and voluntary sectors. She has managed a number of community, specialist and multi-agency CAMHS teams.

Rachel is committed to delivering and developing interventions and services that are evidence-informed and actively promote and encourage shared decision making to ensure collaborative practice with children, young people and their parents or carers.

Professor Miranda Wolpert

Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE

A clinical psychologist by background, Professor Miranda Wolpert is committed to understanding how best to support and evaluate effective service delivery to promote resilience and meet children and young people’s mental health needs. Her work focuses on improvement and prevention science combined with social entrepreneurship, and includes the development of online, digital and face-to-face tools and training resources for young people, carers and practitioners.

Miranda is Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Research at UCL and Founder and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), a service development and academic unit which works to bridge research and practice in child mental health and is part of both UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She is also Co-Founder and Director of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s wellbeing. Miranda is also Director of the Innovation, Evaluation and Dissemination Programme at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

In her other roles, Miranda is National Informatics and Data Advisor on Child and Adolescent Mental Health for NHS England, Children and Young People Mental Health Advisor at UCL Partners and co-chairs the Department of Health group on measurement in child mental health. She is also the Mental Health Strand Lead for the Children’s Policy Research Unit which advises Government on research related to policy development.

In 2017, Miranda was awarded an MBE for founding EBPU, co-founding CORC and services to child and adolescent mental health.

 

Professor Sonia Johnson

Professor Johnson’s research interests are in the clinical and social needs and the treatment outcomes of people with significant mental health problems such as psychosis and bipolar disorder. Professor Johnson is a Principal Investigator in the CLAHRC’s mental health theme working on a project to develop and test a self-management smartphone app for early psychosis.

Professor Stefan Priebe

Professor Stefan Priebe is head of the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, the only World Health Collaborating Centre with the specific task of mental health services development. The Unit has a significant track record in the implementation of complex interventions in NHS practices including research on doctor- patient communication, day hospitals, and financial incentives for medication, patient reported outcomes and non-verbal therapies.